New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)
Rules and Regulations are promulgated by a State
Administrative Agency or Department. They are designed to help
implement the statutes of the legislature. Rules and regulations
do not have a "legislative history" as do State
Statutes, but something like a memoranda is usually available.
Prior to adoption, there is usually a memo written called a
"statement of purpose," "regulatory impact
statement," or "regulatory flexibility analysis".
These are obtainable in the filings of the NYS Register
(formerly titled the NYS Bulletin.) The Register began publication on April 11, 1979. It's predecessor, the Bulletin was all but worthless, which is why there are no known surviving copies. Hearing transcripts,
testimony, letters of recommendation or opposition and other
commentary may also be obtained from the Department
Commissioner's office for proposed or newly promulgated
Usually, the volume of "historical" intent for Rules and Regulations is minimal.
How to Cite Rules & Regulations:
The short form is used to cite a section of the Official
Compilation of Codes, Rules & Regulations of the State of New
York referring only to the Title and section number: (1NYCRR
Subtitles, Chapters and Parts should be cited like this: (9 NYCRR Subtitle A); (16 NYCRR Chapter II); (22 NYCRR Part 20)
Where the long form citation must be used, as in text, cite
as follows: section 39.9 of Title 1 of the Official
Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New